sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : IFDS World Championships - Australian sailors tackle tough conditions

IFDS World Championships - Australian sailors tackle tough conditions

'Matt Bugg fighting for position at the 2012 IFDS World Championships'    Richard Scarr

International Association for Disabled Sailing (IFDS) World Championships are being held from 7th to 15th January 2012. Australia’s leading Paralympic class sailors have hit the water in Punta Gorda, Florida.

Australia has four crews competing at the event, including Skud 18 crews Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch, and Ame Barnbrook and Lindsay Mason, 2.4mR sailor Matt Bugg and the Sonar crew of Colin Harrison, Stephen Churm and Jonathan Harris.

Light winds restricted racing on day one of the World Championships with the 2.4mR class the only fleet to see any action, completing two races.

Tasmanian sailor Matt Bugg finished the opening day with a seventh and a 16th in the 22 boat fleet which features a number of former World Champions and Paralympic Games medalists.

Day two greeted the crews with stronger breeze, allowing the Skud 18 and Sonar fleets to get racing underway on Charlotte Harbour.

2011 IFDS World Championship Bronze medalists Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch are the top placed Australian Skud 18 crew in fifth overall, after two third place finishes and an unfortunate disqualification after a lengthy visit to the protest room.

'We were a bit rusty out there but we are certainly in the boat race after the first three races,' said Fitzgibbon. 'Our plan for tomorrow is to work on being consistent and improve our racing.'

Fellow Australians Ame Barnbrook and Lindsay Mason are currently eighth following a sixth and two eighth place finishes.

'Today was an interesting day, we learnt a lot, the results weren't great on the score board but tomorrow is a new day and hopefully we will only improve,' said Barnbrook. 'It was very choppy out there and hopefully tomorrow we’ll go out and have some fun and hopefully come up to the front of the fleet.'

The Sonar crew of Colin Harrison, Stephen Churm and Jonathan Harris are also in eighth position, ending their first day of racing with an eighth, a ninth and a seventh.

The trio is competing in their first World Championships together, having only recently teamed up.

'Today we faced a forecast of possible thunderstorms and 40 knot squalls,' said Harrison. 'Quite a contrast to day one.

'Fortunately the breeze was between 10 to 15 knots with a persistent shift to the right and this allowed the Race Committee to schedule three races with our overall results leaving us in eighth place.

'It proved to be a great day of racing in our first outing on the international stage and tomorrow should bring lighter winds and another opportunity to improve our communication and observation skills,' he said.

The 2.4mR class also completed three races, and combined with the two results from day one Matt Bugg is currently in 12th overall.

With considerably stronger winds than the opening day Bugg finished with a 12th, ninth and a 12th with tight racing a highlight of the day.

'I wasn’t all that happy with how I sailed today,' said Bugg. 'I’m now 12th overall so I’ve dropped a place since day one but tomorrow I’ll stick to my game plan and execute it.'

Full results are available on the event website.

Australian Sailing Team website




by Craig Heydon

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=92814

9:58 AM Thu 12 Jan 2012 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Related News Stories:

17 Jan 2012  IFDS Worlds 2012 final day - Medals decided + Video
16 Jan 2012  IFDS World Championships - Hard fought victory for Rickham and Birrell
11 Jan 2012  IFDS World Championships - First US Paralympic Team selection event
08 Jan 2012  IFDS World Championships preview

News - USA and the World





Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,


























Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,










Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club? by Dan Ibsen & the Sail-World team, Copenhagen


Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta by Bruce Fleming, Santa Barbara
















J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe! by Stuart Johnstone, Cowes, Isle of Wight








WSSR announces new World Record Around Britain and Ireland
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final day photos by Tim Wilkes
2014 Detroit Cup - Morvan wins
Newport Bucket Regatta 2014 -Images by George Bekris
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final report: USA qualifies for Rio 2016
Extreme Sailing Series: Absent With-Out Leave – Ben Ainslie Racing
2014 IFDS World Championship - New champions claim medals
2014 IFDS World Championships - Sunday’s race images by Tim Wilkes
Shark World Championships underway in Toronto
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi second o'all - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 3
Formula Kite World Championships - Nocher and Bridge crowned Champions
Emirates Team NZ: Frustrating Day 3 in Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff
Extreme Sailing Series: Light winds help The Wave Muscat - Day 3
Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act five - Absent without leave – the wind
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Images: Race day five
Herreshoff Classic Regatta 2014 - Images by Ingrid Abery
Youth Olympics - Gold to Argentinean and Chinese Techno 293 racers
Youth Olympics Games Nanjing - Double Youth Olympic Gold for Singapore
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014 - Two Handers celebrate
Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship 2014 - Brazilian dance party
IFDS Disabled Sailing Worlds Day 5 - USA fighting for Rio 2016 Berths   
J/111 World Championship 2014 - Day 4: Shmokin Joe consolidates lead   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi on top - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 2   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Breezy frustrations   
2014 Detroit Cup - Down to the final four   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Every finisher's a winner   
2014 49er, 49er FX, Nacra 17 U.S. National Championship - Day 2   
J/24 US National Championship - Will Welles leaps into lead   
J/111 World Championships - Day 3   
Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 – Day 2   
Light wind and a freak storm at Youth Olympic Sailing Competition   
31st Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Declared 'best ever'   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Aussies on fire   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Saturday’s racing images by Tim Wilkes   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Day 5 images by Jude Robertson   
2014 Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Champ - Day 3 images by Joy Dunigan   
Holt’s 25-year dream comes true with 505 Worlds Victor   
Emirates Team NZ: Collision puts an end to bid for a better day at ESS   
Extreme Sailing Series: Ben Ainslie Racing - mixed results on Day 2   
America's Cup: New brand and image partnership announced with SME   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT